With the summer we can all relax and enjoy the sun and the pools. But sometimes we enjoy ourselves little too much and forget about how much sun can do us harm. When we are sweating the body cools off by itself, but when this becomes too much for the body to handle it stops fighting the overheating and here comes the problem. You can still relax and enjoy the summer, but be prepared for the outdoor with these prevention tips.

Risk Factors and Causes for a heat stroke

Usually heat strokes happen in certain situations, but everyone can be attacked by it. If the place where you live is hot or there is humid climate, then that means you can easily get heat stroke. Dehydration is the main reason for heat stroke, so make sure you drink plenty of water so you don’t speed up the process and effect for heat stroke. Usually heat stroke happens when you do some kind of physically demanding activities, because then the body loses more liquids and it tries to cool itself off.

Prevent Heat stroke

You should always be aware of the weather and the climate when outdoors. And the most important is to listen when your body is talking to you, like it tells you when you need more water. The heat strokes is preceded by heat exhaustion and heat cramps. If you don’t do anything about them immediately then there is a big chance you will get a heat stroke. Keep your family and yourself safe this summer by using these tips:

  • Always use sunscreen: If you don’t use the sunscreen then your body can become overheated and burnt, so the body loses its defense against heat stroke. The body cannot cool itself if you are sunburned. Never skip the sunscreen.
  • Don’t go out in the sun during peak sun hours: The time when usually the heat stroke can appear is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Minimize the activity during this period of day or if possible avoid it.
  • Consume a lot of water: The best way to know how much water your body needs is to take your body weight and divide it by two. That is how many ounces of water you need to drink during these days. If you are out in the sun more, like on vacation, then this means you need to drink even more water.
  • Don’t wear tight or dark clothing: It is better to wear loose-fitting, light –colored clothing when being out in the sun. This is said because the dark clothes and too tight can cause more sweating and raise the body temperature.
  • Room temperature bath/shower or cool: Don’t bath or shower with cold water because it can shock the body. Just make sure the water is warm or cool.
  • Don’t eat heavy/fatty foods: You should consume light foods, fruits and vegetables. Don’t eat heavy and hard digestible food because it is harder to maintain homeostasis.
  • Pace yourself: Don’t do anything to harm yourself. Nothing is more important then your health.

Protect yourself and your family with these tips and just enjoy what summer brings to you!!!